Book Review

Book Review | Spark – J.M. Hackman

spark jm hackman
The Firebrand Chronicles #1
by J.M. Hackman
Publisher: Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 330
Source: Author in Exchange for Honest Review
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Reviewed by Megan

Brenna James wants three things for her sixteenth birthday: to find her history notes before the test, to have her mother return from her business trip, and to stop creating fire with her bare hands.

Yeah, that’s so not happening. Unfortunately.

When Brenna learns her mother is missing in an alternate reality called Linneah, she travels through a portal to find her. Against her will. Who knew portals even existed? But Brenna’s arrival in Linneah begins the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, including a royal murder and the theft of Linneah’s most powerful relic: the Sacred Veil.

Hold up. Can everything just slow down for a sec?

Unwilling yet left with no other choice, Brenna and her new friend Baldwin (Um, hello, Hottie!) pursue the thief into the dangerous woods of Silvastamen and beyond. Exactly what Brenna wanted to do for her sixteenth birthday. Exactly. When they spy an army marching toward Linneah, Brenna is horrified. Can she find the veil, save her mother, and warn Linneah in time?

And more importantly, why on earth doesn’t this alternity have Belgian waffles? 


Oh my gosh, this book had so much going on! At first, I thought oh hey, the girl has magic and she’s living among humans. This could get interesting. But one short portal trip later, she’s in the fantasy-ish kingdom of Linneah. And the excitement and mystery only builds from there.

20180508_205106.pngBrenna. There were a few times she irritated the snot out of me! She’s only sixteen and oh does she act like it. I get that she was going through some rough stuff and her mom’s missing, but there are times I just wanted to tell her to grow up and deal with it. I do commend her for standing up and taking charge on their quest for the Veil, though.

Arvandus. He was Brenna’s griffin and I absolutely loved him! And the whole telepathic communication thing – super awesome! The first time he and Brenna flew together, only one thing was going through my mind . . .

neverending story

I enjoyed the adventure in this book the most, waiting to see what was going to happen next. I finished almost the entire book in one sitting and am looking forward to reading the next installment in the Firebrand Chronicles.

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Have you read Spark yet? Do you have any books like this that just hook you in and don’t let go? What’s your favorite magical creature? I think griffins are pretty cool 🙂 Let us know in the comments below! And, as always, thanks for reading ❤



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